The Current

The Current for Feb. 24, 2021

Today on The Current: Marc Garneau on China and Trudeau’s first bilateral meeting with Biden; we look at a ketamine-assisted therapy study; and British author Eley Williams explores the power of fake words.
Matt Galloway is the host of CBC Radio's The Current. (CBC)

Episode Transcript

Today on The Current:  

Foreign Affairs Minister Marc Garneau joins Matt Galloway to talk about China-Canada relations, and break down the first bilateral meeting between Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U.S. President Joe Biden. And our national affairs panel weighs in on what it all means. Our guests are Emily Rauhala, foreign affairs correspondent for the Washington Post, and Vassy Kapelos, host of the CBC's Power & Politics.

Then, we continue our series on the use of psychedelic drugs in treating mental illness, with a look at a ketamine-assisted therapy study at Vancouver Island University. The program is run by Shannon Dames, a nursing professor at the university, and resilience researcher. And Stephanie Hug is an operating room nurse and one of the participants in the study.

Plus, we speak with British writer and language expert Eley Williams about her new novel, The Liar's Dictionary, which explores fake words that are deliberately inserted in written works. It raises questions about how language changes over time, and who gets to change it. Williams tells us more about the power of defining words, from the perspective of a character who slips made-up words into dictionaries.